Maiara Walsh

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 22: Maiara Walsh at the world premiere of

Walsh in 2007, photo by Joe Seer/

Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 18, 1988

*German, Irish, English, French-Canadian (father)
*Brazilian (mother)

Maiara Walsh is an American and Brazilian actress and singer. She is known for playing Ana Solis on the sixth season of the ABC show Desperate Housewives, and Meena Paroom on the Disney Channel sitcom Cory in the House.

Maiara was born in Seattle, Washington. Her father is American, and has German, Irish, English, and French-Canadian ancestry. Her mother is Brazilian. Maiara speaks fluent Portuguese and is proficient in Spanish. Maiara and her family moved to São Paulo, Brazil, when she was two years old. At eleven, she moved to Simi Valley, California, to pursue her acting career.

A picture of Maiara with her mother and grandmother can be seen here.

Maiara’s paternal grandfather was Laurence Mason Walsh (the son of Royal Hill Walsh and Ina Mae Swihart). Laurence was born in Washington. Royal was the son of Edward Francis Walsh and Helen Julia Mason, whose parents were English. Ina was the daughter of Isaiah H. Swihart and Anna Tonebaugh.

Maira’s paternal grandmother was Margaret “Peggy” Cahail (the daughter of Ira Earl Cahail and Alice Stella Kellogg). Margaret was born in Washington. Ira was the son of Albert Lemuel Cahail and Elizabeth Saunders. Alice was the daughter of Albert Henry Kellogg and Edith Hannah Dillon, whose mother was Canadian.

Sources: Genealogies of Maiara’s maternal grandparents, Laurence Mason Walsh and Margaret “Peggy” Cahail –

Maiara’s paternal grandfather, Laurence Mason Walsh, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Maiara’s paternal great-grandfather, Royal Hill Walsh, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Maiara’s paternal great-grandmother, Ina Mae Swihart, on the 1885 Minnesota State Census –

Death record of Maiara’s paternal great-grandmother, Ina Mae (Swihart) Walsh –

Maira’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Edith Hannah Dillon, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

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Curious about ethnicity

20 Responses

  1. Girll says:

    She is definitely mixed.
    Her mother looks tri-racial (African, Amerindian, European) instead of just mestizo though.
    Her mother is the one on her left

  2. maria says:

    Yep im Irish and my mothers maiden name is Walsh it is an Irish second name.

  3. George says:

    lol since when is full blooded brazilian native american lol. its more reffered either to full on portuguese or some mullato mix of white/black

  4. bet says:

    “full-blooded Brazilian” her mother is native american lol

  5. Paul. says:

    Walsh is really, really common around here, in Ireland. I can assure you it’s an Irish name. I have two friends with the surname, and know tonnes of others. :D

    I always knew she had Brazilian in here, and Irish, but never knew about the Swedish and German.

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